Food Technology looks at food preparation and processing, safety practices, food properties, ingredients used in food preparation, methods used, preparation in alternate settings and packaging. It has an Australian emphasis. Practical experience [obviously not included here] forms a significant component of this study.
This page covers information on all the above areas. It includes portals, courses, sites for specific resources, programs covering Australian cooking, chefs, cooking tools and tutorials and vegetarian information.
Australian Foods & Cooking
- Aussie Cooking
Lots of recipes but other material as well including terminology, substitutes, more.
- Australian Bush Food Forum
Forum, gallery, blogs, Links, FAQs, more. Also information on Native medicines.
- Australian Cuisine
background, breakfast, dinner, take-away food, iconic Australian foods, seafood, references, links. Wikipedia.
- Australian Food and
Australia.gov.au. Aboriginal food sources, food for Australia’s early settlers, food for Australia’s explorers, multicultural influences, Bush Tucker, links, more.
- Australian Food Blogs
General listing and by state. Enough to cover all areas.
- Bush Food Bibliography
Part of a larger bibliography. Australian National Botanic Gardens.
- Bush Food [Bush Tucker]
From Indigenous Australia. Brief article with some examples.
- Bush Foods of NSW
Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney. ‘The Botanic Gardens Trust presents this plant information from a scientific and cultural viewpoint and strongly advises that plants should not be eaten unless purchased from a recognised bush food supplier. The tasting or testing of native plants as highlighted in these pages is not recommended by the Botanic Gardens Trust’.
- Bush Tucker
SGAP[Qld]. ‘In this section , we feature some of the Australian native plants that can be used as food. There are a great many plants that fit into this category. Some are quite delicious and some may be just barely palatable’.
- Cherikoff Australian Ingredients
Information for chefs, recipes, glossary, links, more.
- CSIRO and Food Production
Food production, healthy foods, food quality and safety, seafood, food processing, more.
- Chefs Australia
Watch mini-videos of Australian chefs cooking Australian foods and meals. You need to subscribe to YouTube to access these.
- Dupleix, Jill
Advice and recipes from a young Australian chef now working in Europe, Contact her via the site. Have restaurant reviews if going to England.
- Mietta’s - Great Australian Chefs
Chefs and their work, from Tony Bilson to Jaques Reymond. Browse through restaurant guides, more.
- Solomon, Charmaine
‘Internationally acclaimed best selling cookery author Charmaine Solomon invites you into her virtual kitchen. Known and loved throughout Australia for magazine and newspaper columns, TV appearances and cookery demonstrations and classes over the decades, the rest of the world is getting to know and love her for her cookery books’.
Find cooking classes around Australia catering for many styles, different periods, all levels of proficiency. Good starting point.
- Sydney Fish Markets
Cook Books & Texts
- Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbooks
‘Standard cookbooks from The Australian Women’s Weekly are available in a comprehensive range of titles. Cuisines from around the globe, books with a focus on health and dietary issues, those that feature recipes based on a common ingredient, every other subject imaginable’. Also access their Mini and Trade Cookbooks from the same site.
- Boomerang Books
Grouped under topic headings from General Cookery to Preserving & Freezing.
Multiple categories, discounts to club members, more.
‘Come and find several E-books related to cooking that you may take and download for free’.
- Cook’s Tools
Glossary, cooking terms, substitutions, liquid & solid measurements, temperature conversion, can sizes, more.
- Free Cookbooks
If you are looking for cookbooks from past years then this is definitely the site. There is a good selection from back into the 19th century. These are both general and from specific areas and styles.
A selection of free ebooks in PDF format for you to download.
A listing of books available in different formats, many for PDAs. Each is rated up to 5 stars.
- The Cook’s Thesaurus
Information and visuals for thousands of ingredients, tools for the kitchen. Items broken into categories for easier access.
- The Food Lovers’ Cookbook
‘Assembled to help guide you through the maze of wonderful food writing that is now flooding the market. Some is recent writing, some almost two hundred years old’.
- The New Food Lover’s Companion
Sharon Tyler Herbst, Ron Herbst. ‘The New Food Lover’s Companion is a reference guide - not a cookbook - but it includes hundreds of cooking tips plus an extensive bibliography of recommended cookbooks and other food-related literature’. Fee-based.
- Vegan Cookbooks
Two cook books are offered, both in PDF format. Details of both are provided for you to read before downloading.
- A Guide to Cooking Techniques
‘Aimed to give you explanations and tips on the most commonly used cooking techniques. Boiling and blanching to whipping, stewing, grilling, sauté, freezing, roasting, poaching, more. Whether you are a novice in the kitchen or an experienced cook, this guide will be useful, because learning never stops’. Listed alphabetically.
- Cooking 101
‘Cooking and baking, like any other discipline, have their own language and specific rules. You need to know how to read a recipe, how to measure, doneness tests, steps to take when cooking chicken under the broiler, baking chocolate cakes’. About.com.
- How To Cook [Reluctant Gourmet]
‘Once you learn how to handle these fundamental techniques, you will be able to handle most recipes. Cooking is not just about recipes, it is about how to take ingredients and make them taste as good as possible’.
- Learn To Bake
Bakers’ Corner. Multiple sections provide the Baking Basics, Baking Ingredients, Baking Utensils, Dietary Requirements and Healthy baking. There area also articles, special recipes and much more.
- Cooking Videos [Taste of Home]
‘Learn new cooking tips and techniques with hundreds of how-to cooking videos’. 15 separate areas covered.
- Food Wishes Video Recipes
Videos which include a range of unusual recipes.
‘We built startcooking.com just for you. You’ll learn how to make quick and tasty meals, plus learn the basic cooking skills you’ll need’.
- 30 Day Gourmet’s Freezer Cooking Online Manual
If you are into pre-preparation and freezing, even to lunches for children, then you need to check this site. While commercial, it provides information and ideas.
- BBC - Food
Well known chefs can be accessed, there are recipes, special features, BBC programs, Ingredients glossary, Kid’s section, Ask a Chef, healthy eating, Back to Basics, Cooking Techniques videos, more. BBC site.
- BBC GCSE Bitesize
A series of topics in the Food Technology area. For senior students. Each topic has both revision and a test.
Click on “Education” in the left menu for information about the history of canning, can manufacture, how food is canned, health & nutrition, quality assurance, recycling.
- Delia Online
Recipes, ingredients, cooking school, search engine allows you to enter ingredients then find a recipe, wine, general foods, other household goods, etc.. Techniques, questions, equipment, what’s in season [UK though], more.
- Lawson, Nigella
Official site of “The Domestic Goddess” of British television. Her books, recipes, news, the living kitchen, more.
- Cold Storage Chart
Find how long you can keep a range of foods safely under refrigeration or by freezing them. This is part of a Fact Sheet on “Basics for Handling Food Safely”.
- Food Blog Search
‘Search for recipes in more than 3 000 fabulous food blogs !’
A blog full of recipes. Select and click on the image, then follow the instructions. Site now closed but you can still access recipes or go to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Operates in the same fashion as the Photograzing Blog above.
- Cooking Light
Recipes, Cooking 101, menus, magazine, more. All for healthy cooking.
- Cook It Quick
‘We invite you to partake of the following Menu Items to help you prepare healthy foods in a hurry. Consider this a buffet : Help yourself as desired’. Healthy food in a flash.
- Culinary Media Network
‘We travel the planet exploring culture, history and tradition via the plate to learn the passion behind the flavours that excite us. Our audio & video programs, recipes, articles and interviews showcase the best of what we’ve discovered in an unending quest to fulfil our food desires’. Now entitled The Gilded Fork, home of … .
- Department of Food Science &
University of NSW. Linked to Food Science Programs and Courses.
- Food Forum
‘Food is everybody’s business and deserves a key position in every young person’s education. The links between food, diet, health and well-being are indisputable. FoodForum’s aim is also to encourage critical users and consumers of food’. UK based. Specific areas that could be of value include :
- Curriculum Matters
‘This section provides guidance on teaching and learning principles, working within a national curriculum framework, making curriculum links, planning a successful food curriculum, assessing achievement and monitoring the quality of teaching and learning’. Includes templates and resources.
- Food In-sites
‘Food in-sites has been developed to give you the low-down on what else is out there on the web. We do the slog for you by evaluating food sites and giving them a score so you don’t waste your time’ Listed alphabetically.
- The F-Files
‘The F-files provide a bank of teaching and learning materials. These are produced as case studies and provide actual examples from the food industry’.
- Animal, Food and Health Sciences
CSIRO. Information, news, multimedia, other areas related to food, scientific groups such as The Australian Institute of Food Science Technology.
- Food Technology
‘The following resources have been developed to support Stage 5 Food Technology’. Digital Education Revolution, Department of Education & Training, NSW.
‘‘FoodWise’ is Do Something’s national campaign to reduce the environmental impact of Australia’s food consumption. We want Australians to become more educated and informed about the food that they eat. In short we want Australians to become FoodWise. Do Something’s FoodWise web site gives you practical advice and information on what you can do to solve the problem’.
- Home Economics Victoria
Curriculum information, Education Projects, Publications, Events Calendar, Workshops & Courses, more.
- Low-Budget Meals Online
Recipes, Reviews, Cooking Tips. ‘Dedicated to those who would like to eat like king but have the budget of a starving student’. Recipes, FAQs, tips.
Advice for Technology Teachers
These include the Food Technology area though some topics relate to multiple/other Technology areas. These are from NSW, but would be similar in other states/territories. Specific pages include :
- SBS Food
Programs, recipes, blogs, videos, Ask The Chef, suppliers, in season foods, food art, more.
- Science of Cooking
Links cooking and science. Covers nutrition as well.
‘Interactive Arabic and English food site with recipes from the Arab world, restaurants in Arab cities, and nutritional advice from Carole Hani [Registered Dietitian]. Find and share what you are looking for on Shahiya.com’.
- Spices Exhibit
Background information about a spices used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. In addition to individual information there is information on general topics of interest related to spices and their different uses.
While dominantly a recipe collection, there is other information including news, features, glossary, forums, … .
- The Cook and the Chef
‘Come with Maggie and Simon on their adventure through Australian culinary history. He might be a chef and she might insist on calling herself a cook, but together they are a celebration of Australian food’.
- The Sweet Science of Chocolate
Chocolate gets the science treatment. From history to nutrition.